During yesterday’s Sunrise meeting, Pastor Eugene shared a message with us about how to stay focused on the Spirit.
In his sermon, he spoke about how we tend to respond to issues using our mind first and then allow our mind to instruct our Spirit. We use our logic and present this ‘logic’ to the spirit. However, that is not the correct way! What we should do instead is to use our spirit to understand whatever is happening around first and then allow our spirit to engage our minds.
He then shared an amazing testimony of how he left his house only at 6.05 a.m. yesterday and he was deciding on the fastest way to get to Marine Parade. He felt extremely anxious because he kept experiencing red lights all the way as he drove. However, he decided that he will tune to the Spirit and ask God’s spirit to guide him and help him get to church early. Amazingly, after he tuned to the Spirit, the traffic lights all turned green! And he managed to arrive in church at 6.25 a.m.
Testimonies are always one of the most powerful parts in every sermon because they give us a ‘picture’ of how indeed this message or principal can become a reality in our lives and indeed, I experienced this power of the Spirit to guide us when I drove yesterday!
It was a crazy day for Jasmine and I yesterday as we had to drive to 5 different locations within one day, and the timings were rather tight. We decided to stay for cell group time yesterday and stay through the games time as it had been specially arranged by our Pastor for the many cell groups. We initially wanted to leave at 615, but we thought it was better to stay till the end of the games, so we left only at 640. When we changed and walked to the car, it was already 645, which left us only 15 minutes to get to Orchard from Bukit Merah.
I am not very good with the roads and generally navigate using Expressways as my fallback option. As such, I kept thinking about how it was possible to get there using CTE because that’s the nearest expressway to Bukit Merah. This was the route that was on my mind even when we started driving. However, I started praying and asking the Holy Spirit for a way to get to Orchard even faster.
Suddenly, as we drove down, I saw the sign for Tiong Bahru road and felt prompted to turn down that road. The Holy Spirit brought back vague memories of how that road would lead me to Havelock road. I was rather uncertain, but I just took a step of faith and turned. Indeed, I was right! By turning down that road and going down Havelock, I effectively cut down my travel time to Orchard to only 8 minutes!
Now, you could say that this wasn’t the Spirit’s guidance and merely me remembering something from the past. However, the Spirit’s guidance didn’t just end there.
I had thought that Four Seasons hotel was actually next to Forum and I didn’t have a clear idea of where it was at all. Suddenly, as I was turning from Havelock into Orchard Boulevard, I felt a prompting to look to my right, and to look upwards and to my greatest surprise, I saw that it was Four Seasons Hotel! I immediately had to make a lane change of 3 lanes – which I normally don’t dare to do, but I managed to do it and turned smoothly into Four Seasons Hotel!
We arrived there at 7.05 p.m., taking only 15 minutes to drive down from Bukit Merah to Four Seasons and all because of the guidance of the Holy Spirit through every step of the way.
In our ‘natural’ way, we always turn to man’s methods and ‘logical’ methods, like checking the road directory and asking friends. While those methods are still valid, I realised yesterday that the best person we can always rely on is the Holy Spirit! God is amazing indeed!